Monthly Archives: November 2010

>Underpinning Scotland’s Future with Liberal Democrat values – Moore publishes new Bill

> I set the scene this morning for Liberal Democrat Secretary of State Mike Moore’s St Andrew’s Day pressie to Scotland – the publication of the Scotland Bill which will give what he called  “the greatest transfer of fiscal power from … Continue reading


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>Vince Cable should vote for the University Tuition proposals

>I am extremely perturbed by reports that Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable may abstain in the Commons vote on tuition fees. Not because he doesn’t believe in the scheme, but in some misguided attempt to preserve party unity. Apparently, … Continue reading

Posted in Alistair Carmichael, NHS; Nick Clegg; Tim Farron, Tuiton fees, Vince Cable | 5 Comments

>Moore launches new Scotland Bill on St Andrew’s Day.

>Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has appropriately enough chosen St Andrew’s Day to launch the Government’s Bill which will implement the recommendations of the Report of the Calman Commission. To truly appreciate how big a Liberal Democrat win this is, you … Continue reading

Posted in David Mundell, Jim Murphy, Michael Moore, Scotland Bill, Scottish Conservatives | 2 Comments

>Snow Snippets and Snapshots

> The eerie snowy scene above is not in some remote rural spot. It’s literally just down the road from our house. Very few cars went anywhere yesterday – in fact the street was even featured on the STV news … Continue reading

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>Daily Fail gets it wrong again – this time on breastfeeding breaks

>The Daily Fail hasn’t wasted much time in predicting industrial armageddon, including job losses and costs of thousands of pounds, if businesses are forced to give mothers “breastfeeding breaks.” Let’s try and give this all a bit of perspective. The … Continue reading

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>A(nother) wee grumble about First Scotrail

>Before I start, please don’t get the idea that I think any of this is actually important, because some really awful things have happened to people I care about in the last few weeks. Frankly a delayed train journey doesn’t … Continue reading

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>Happy Golden Wedding to "the nicest people ever"

>Way back in the Summer, we took our daughter and nephew to see a lovely aunt and uncle of mine who we hadn’t seen for ages. Anna had been to see them as a baby but my nephew never had. … Continue reading

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>Reasons I want to go to London number 703 – Cafe Vintage

>A few months ago, I had a conversation on Twitter with Meral Hussein Ece where she talked about her daughters’ new project – opening a cafe in North London which would feature coffee and tea, home baking and vintage clothes. … Continue reading

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>Tavish demolishes SNP on "Tartan Tax" – speech in full

>I can’t really remember that many really spectacular speeches  that are so good, that capture the mood of the moment so perfectly that they give you goosebumps coming from the Holyrood Chamber. Patrick Harvie and Malcolm Chisholm on Megrahi come … Continue reading

Posted in Holyrood, Malcolm Chisholm, Patrick Harvie, Tavish Scott | 8 Comments

>Caron’s Corkers 23 November

>It’s been ages since I’ve done a roundup of good things to read – and there’s plenty of it around at the moment. The first thing I read when I woke up on Sunday morning was a tweet from Evan … Continue reading

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